Gary Neville looks silly after saying Liverpool should go out against Bayern Munich in order to fully focus on the Premier League title race.
The Reds are just one point behind Manchester City at the top of the table. Their progression to the last eight of the Champions League now means two extra games in April.
“I’m going to say it – go out against Bayern Munich,” Neville said on Monday. “That sounds like madness. Of course, you’d never play to lose a game but it will be in Liverpool’s favour if they have a clean run as they can get everyone fresh.
“[Manchester] City have got a couple of FA Cup games, where Liverpool could go five or six points in front. That’s tough to pull back in the closing weeks.”
Klopp hit back at Neville for his controversial comments, saying: “I don’t think any other coach has to answer this question. It only happens if you’re Liverpool manager and the pundits come from Manchester United.”
The German’s side sent a message to Manchester City and Europe with their 3-1 win over Bayern. The Reds proved once again that they will not back down from a challenge and will now look to win both competitions.
If anything, Wednesday evening’s performance in Munich will act as a morale-booster for the next few crucial games.
A win against Fulham on Sunday and Liverpool can go top of the table having played a game more than City which will pile the pressure on the Manchester outfit.